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International fencing firm prosecuted for serious safety failings

An international fencing manufacturer has been fined after a worker suffered severe injuries to his left arm at a production plant in Sheffield.

Betafence Ltd. of Shepcote Lane, Sheffield, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for a serious safety breach following an investigation into the incident which happened on 7 August 2009.

Sheffield Magistrates' Court heard how the employee suffered a dislocated elbow, compound fractures to his lower arm, and had parts of his skin ripped off as he tried to re-thread some wire through a machine block.

Betafence Ltd, which has its headquarters in Belgium, was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay £3,762 costs for a breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations.


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